So You Want To Teach As A Private Music Tutor?
An Introduction for Musicians
For many of today's musicians, working as a private music tutor
has many benefits over working within an educational
establishment. Firstly, you are a lot freer to choose where,
when, and depending on how well you teach, WHO your students
are. This will also let you continue whatever employment or
other commitments you already have. Building up your student
base slowly allows you to commit time to each of them to find
out their learning style and prepare for their lessons without
feeling overwhelemed suddenly with 30 new students starting next
Starting out, the idea of being an "expert" can feel rather
daunting... especially for those of us who learned by gigging,
and may not be the best sight-readers. Others among us have
studied music and/or education to higher levels. But no matter
where you stand between these two, those first few steps into
teaching music as an income is terrifying.
Two main advantages I have seen in my time working as a private
music tutor are
1. You have a lot more potential to work the hours you choose,
and where you choose. Allowing your other commitments time where
they need it.
2. If you teach children, generally, they are far more likely to
behave and be responsive to teaching when either on their own as
there is no one to show off to. School music lessons -
especially in junior high school can be pretty hard to control.
3. You can vary the genres and methods you use as you see fit,
not as a strict school curriculum requires.
4. You can focus all your attention on one student who WANTS to
learn... if they don't, why are you teaching them - your morale
will take a huge blow, and your time would be better invested in
working with an interested student.
Monetary benefits will come into the equation somewhere... let's
face it; they have to in this world. However, if all you can see
are pound signs and have no real interest to teach, work with
others, or enjoy music... perhaps private tuition is not for you.
In my personal opinion, private teachers can make a very
comfortable living, and with some commitment and effort can